Michael Robotham - star writer at Christchurch Writers Festival

The chilling new psychological thriller – a truly gripping read from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today.

My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago.

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper.

Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind...

About the Author
 Before writing full-time Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. He is the pseudonymous author of ten best-selling non-fiction titles, involving prominent figures in the military, the arts, sport and science. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

Michael Robotham is the international guest speaker at the Christchurch Writers Festival with two sessions on Saturday 1 September:

Fatal Attraction
Michael Robotham, Neil Cross and Julian Novitz, chaired by Craig Sisterson
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Venue Geo Dome, North Hagley Park

Crime Debate and Ngaio Marsh Awards
Michael Robotham, Chris McVeigh, Lianne Dalziel, Vanda Symon, Ursula Cheer and Jonathan Forsey, chaired by Graham Beattie
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue Geo Dome, North Hagley Park